SMART SERMON BY PASTOR BEN BIENVENUE
How could a Loving God we call “Father” ask any human father to sacrifice his son? And how could any loving father obey such a command?
A key to understanding this event and others in the Old Testament is to understand how types and shadows are strategically used to point us to future events, like the coming of the Jesus.
It Began With a Father’s Love
“Here I am,” Abraham calls out. He seems to recognize God’s voice. “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love,” God says, “and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” (Genesis 22:2)
Early the next morning, after making preparations, Abraham, Isaac, and two men head off on a three-day journey to Moriah. Upon arrival, Abraham and Isaac set off up the hill leaving the others behind.
Carrying the wood, Isaac asks, “Where’s the Lamb?” “God Himself will provide,” Abraham answers. On the hill, a stone altar is made. The wood is laid out. Isaac is bound and placed on the wood. Abraham slowly takes the knife, placing it at Isaac’s throat ready to make a fatal cut. Only at this point does God intervene by sending an angel to stop Abraham from sacrificing his son.
“Now I know that you fear God,” says the angel, and a ram suddenly appears to be used for the sacrifice, instead of his son.
Now, let us take a look at how types and shadows point us to future events.
Types and Shadows
Your shadow says a lot about you. It can tell the world, to a certain extent, what you are doing and even how you are doing it. But in the end, it is not you. It only points to you, the real you. Your shadow is called a type of you, and you are called the antitype.
In a similar way, the Bible has many types or foreshadows that say a lot about their antitype in a future time. They tell the world, to a certain extent, what will happen and what it may look like.
They were not written to predict the future as a prophecy. But they can help us to better understand and recognize the antitype they point to, when it comes into view.
Now, what about Abraham who is asked to sacrifice his beloved son, Isaac? The one he loves. The one who brings joy. The one named Laughter.
Is there an aspect of foreshadowing and prophecy to this story?
This was a type of atonement
God set up a system for the Hebrew people to atone or cover their sins so they can get right with Him. Part of that system involved a blood offering from a spotless animal, often a lamb, goat, or bull (see Leviticus 4 and 16).
In Scripture, we are told that Abraham “took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.” (Genesis 22:13)
God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” (Genesis 22:2)
Son of God: “It was YHWH's will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer, and though YHWH makes His life an offering for sin.” (Isaiah 53:10; John 3:16)
The sons accept God’s will. Isaac does not rebel, but is bound and laid on the altar and wood, awaiting his end. (Genesis 22:6–11)
Jesus says “not My will but Thine be done” to His Father in heaven while in the Garden of Gethsemane. (Luke 22:42; Isaiah 53:7)
The sons carry the wood. Isaac carries the wood as he and Abraham ascend Mount Moriah. (Genesis 22:6) . Jesus carries the stake as He struggles toward Golgotha. (John 19:17)
God provides a substitute. “God Himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son,” Abraham says to Isaac. … He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. (Genesis 2, 13)
God Himself provided "the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)
104 Like Abraham offering up Isaac, his only son; a type of God giving His Son, hundreds of years later.
"There had to be an atonement made, and His body, the Man Jesus, was made a Sacrifice, willingly, like we’ve taken it through this last week in a type of Isaac, willing, submitted himself to death"
47 "He took Isaac and bound his hands. Which, we all know, in Genesis 22 here, is a type of Christ. Led him up the mountain, bound, like Jesus was led up the mountain, Mount Calvary; a type of God giving His Son, of course."
GOD BLESS YOU